This week in NYC live music brings another interesting and eclectic mix of shows, including a week-long run by Richard Thompson, an all-star cast at the Tibet House Benefit Concert, lots of New Orleans-style funk/soul/jazz, plus shows by Big Gigantic, Mates of State, Yellowbirds, and Zola Jesus, among many others. Read on for the weekly highlight reel and show listings…

Tonight, the Tibet House Benefit Concert kicks off at Carnegie Hall w/ James Blake, Das Racist, Tim Fain, Philip Glass, Stephin Merritt, Rahzel, Lou Reed, and other artists forming an interesting all-star cast.

Speaking of interesting artists, the always-prolific Richard Thompson will be playing shows nearly all week at City Winery:

For something with a bit more current indie buzz, check out Zola Jesus with Talk Normal:

Another buzzy indie act — Mates of State — drops into NYC with two-night run this weekend.

As I mentioned above, there’s a ton of soulful jazz and NOLA-style funk in town this week. First on the list is The Souljazz Orchestra with Zongo Junction & DJ Cloak Dagger at Webster Hall on Saturday.

The Souljazz Orchestra

Zongo Junction

We’ve also got two nights Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers with Bonerama at the Hiro Ballroom this Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday night’s show features Marco Benevento as a special guest.

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers


For an old-school Animal House-style soul party, head over to Brooklyn Bowl for Otis Day & the Knights, who are apparently still kicking after all these years (you can watch the original scene from Animal House here. Sorry, no embed).

If you need something a little more electronic for your dancing shoes, then I’d recommend Big Gigantic, whose saxaphone-based, live EDM is starting to really pick up some steam. In fact, it seems like they’re really starting to take on the “big” part of their namesake, as their latest trip through NYC will bring them in front of the crowd in the Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall this Sunday.

And last but not least, after his successful Post-Phish After-Party in December, our friend Sam over at Dog Gone Blog is once again donning his concert promoter hat. Dog Gone Blog Presents is offering up a nice Friday-night lineup at Mercury Lounge featuring Yellowbirds with Woodsman in the opening slot. I’ve been a big fan of Sam Cohen’s Yellowbirds project for a while, so this an easy “Yes, please.”

See you there?

If not, then be sure to read on for other interesting shows in NYCm along with all the usual deets and linkage…

Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:

Tibet House Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hall Featuring: Laurie Anderson, Antony, James Blake, Das Racist, Tim Fain, Philip Glass, Stephin Merritt, Rahzel, Lou Reed, and Dechen Shak-Dagsay

Richard Thompson @ City Winery

Andy Hess @ Highline Ballroom
Bjork @ New York Hall of Science
Carbon Leaf @ Maxwell’s
Guns N’ Roses @ Webster Hall
Richard Thompson @ City Winery

Marc Ribot, Auktyon, John Medeski, William Parker @ Poisson Rouge
Matisyahu @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Richard Thompson @ City Winery

Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall
Dog Gone Blog Presents: Yellowbirds w/ Woodsman @ Mercury Lounge
John Mayall, John Hammond, Jr. @ Lincoln Center
Mates of State @ (le) Poisson Rouge
Otis Day & the Knights, Tragedy @ Brooklyn Bowl
Prefuse 73 w/ The Rapture DJ’s @ American Museum of Natural History
Shlomo @ The Cameo Gallery
Sleigh Bells, Black Banana @ Terminal 5
Steve Aoki w/ Datsik, AutoErotique @ Roseland Ballroom
Vernon Reid @ Dixon Place

Bjork @ New York Hall of Science
Hoots & Hellmouth @ The Rock Shop
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers w/ Marco Benevento, Bonerama @ Hiro Ballroom
Mates of State @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
PPeter Frampton @ Beacon Theatre
The Skatalites @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Souljazz Orchestra, w/ Zongo Junction & DJ Cloak Dagger @ Webster Hall (in the studio)
Vernon Reid @ Dixon Place
Zola Jesus w/ Talk Normal @ Webster Hall (Main Stage)

Big Gigantic @ Webster Hall
Hoots & Hellmouth, Red Molly, Litvakus @ City Winery
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Bonerama @ Hiro Ballroom